Kuala Lumpur: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE), recently announced its much awaited line-up for ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS, set for the Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur on Dec 6, 2019.
Once again, the absolute best in world-class martial arts talent will descend upon the ONE Circle to showcase their skills. And for fans of Malaysian martial arts heroes, there’s definitely plenty to look forward to.
Wushu World Champion and former MIMMA Women’s Champion, Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan, is set to take on Filipino newcomer Denice Zamboanga in a women’s atomweight contest. One of the country’s most exciting young martial arts talents, Jihin has competed in various disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wushu, kickboxing, and boxing.
The Johor-born athlete made her professional mixed martial arts debut in 2017 and has, since then, impressed with her well-rounded style. Along the way, Jihin has defeated a number of top talents including Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol and former ONE World Title challenger, Jenny Huang.
Meanwhile, Jihin’s opponent, Zamboanga, is a rising star in the Philippines and hails from a family of martial artists. She now joins the world’s best talents to showcase her skills on the biggest global stage for martial arts competition. Suffice to say, Jihin, one of the top competitors in the women’s atomweight division, will ensure that Zamboanga, in her promotional debut, will have a baptism of fire that she’ll not forget!
Another bout to salivate over is one involving Malaysia’s former ONE World Title challenger, Agilan “Alligator” Thani. The “Alligator” will square off against Mohammad “O Lutador” Karaki of Lebanon in a welterweight contest.
The 24-year-old Agilan is one of the finest martial arts athletes ever produced by the country. Ever since making his debut in the Circle, the Sentul-born martial artist has torn through the competition. Agilan, who captured a Malaysian national championship as an amateur, won his first seven professional matches to earn a crack at the ONE Welterweight World Championship. He looks set to break back into the World Title picture with a big win on home turf.
Meanwhile, his opponent Karaki is a two-division Desert Force Champion with a black belt in Shotokan Karate and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has reached the podium in several major Middle Eastern tournaments. Karaki brings a dominant ground game and powerful striking to the table, as well as an exciting style that has seen him finish almost all of his opponents to date. After finding tremendous success in both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, Karaki moves down one more weight class and starts his march towards the ONE Welterweight World Title.
Finally, former MIMMA Featherweight Champion, the explosive Muhammad “Jungle Cat” Aiman, who is currently based out of Bali, will enter the Circle to show his mettle against ONE Jakarta Bantamweight Tournament Champion, Chen Rui of China in a bantamweight showdown. It has been a while since the Seremban-born athlete has prowled the Circle and no doubt he’s looking forward to showing the partisan home crowd just what they’ve been missing!
In the main event, Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov of Russia will face “Muay Thai Boy” Zhang Chenglong of China for the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Championship.
Ramazanov is a three-time IFMA World Champion from Dagestan, Russia, which is known for producing elite-level combat sports athletes.
“Babyface Killer” made his ring debut once he turned 18 and has since put together an excellent record by winning almost all of his bouts to date. Training full-time at the prestigious Venum Training Camp in Thailand, Ramazanov now competes alongside the world’s best strikers in ONE Super Series. After a string of impressive victories, he has earned a shot at ONE Championship gold.
Meanwhile, Ramazanov’s opponent, Zhang Chenglong, is a Top King Muay Thai World Champion who began training in sanda and Muay Thai from the age of 12. By the time he was 19, Zhang had already built up a wealth of experience, having faced superstars like Longchai, Kiatpetch, and Singdam Kiatmoo9 in the ring. Now on an undefeated run in ONE Super Series, he challenges for the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title.
In the co-main event, Thailand’s Sam-A Gaiyanghadao will take on “Golden Boy” Wang Junguang of China for the inaugural ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Championship.
Sam-A is known as one of the very best Muay Thai competitors of all time. Over the course of a stellar 25-year career spanning more than 400 bouts, he has captured Muay Thai World Titles across several weight classes.
Sam-A joined ONE Super Series in 2018 and subsequently became the inaugural ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion. He’s now aiming to make history once again by facing Junguang for the inaugural ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Title.
Junguang, an Enfusion Kickboxing World Champion, employs a boxing-heavy style and is relentless on the attack, mixing strikes to the head and body effectively. He recently joined ONE Super Series and is now testing himself in the world’s largest martial arts organisation. After an impressive first-round victory over Federico Roma, Junguang has earned a shot at glory.
More exciting matches have been confirmed for ONE Championship’s return to Kuala Lumpur. For details on ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS, go to www.onefc.com.
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